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Learn About WNCCHS's Medical Legal Partnership

In 2022, WNCCHS established a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) with Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) to offer free civil legal assistance to qualifying patients.

The only such partnership in the region, the MLP is part of our ongoing efforts to better address health-harming social needs through multidisciplinary programs and services.

A health harming legal need is a social problem that has a negative impact on a person’s health or access to health care. Sometimes an attorney on the health care team can address an issue that is impacting a patient’s health.

Pisgah Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm and the largest provider of free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people throughout Western North Carolina.

Learn more about the MLP and our MLP staff by visiting

Refer a Patient:

WNCCHS providers can refer a patient for legal assistance by using the Google Referral Form found here: Referrals to Pisgah Legal Services from WNCCHS. You can also email Attorney Brian Dufresne (he/him) at


  • Obtain and protect patient access to health insurance, social security benefits, food stamps, and other public benefits.

  • Secure protective orders and some family law assistance for survivors of intimate partner violence.

  • Help seniors stay in their homes, plan for end of life, and avoid financial or physical abuse.

  • Expunge criminal records and driver’s license restoration.

  • Prevent or delay eviction or foreclosure and improve housing conditions.

  • Help vulnerable immigrants who are the victims of violence or human trafficking.

  • Help veterans maintain housing and veteran’s benefits.

  • Help low-income individuals file their taxes and receive stimulus checks.

  • Provide information and advocacy concerning Medicaid benefits through the NC Medicaid Ombudsman Program.

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